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The best bulb flowers for your garden

Muscari armeniacum


Muscari are bulbous perennials with linear or strap-shaped leaves and small bell-shaped, tubular or urn-shaped flowers borne in a dense raceme on an erect leafless stem

M. armeniacum is a strong-growing bulbous perennial to 20cm in height, with narrow, arching green leaves and erect stems bearing dense spikes of white-tipped, deep violet-blue, egg-shaped flowers 5mm in length in spring

Common Name: Armenian grape hyacinth
Family: Asparagaceae
Color flower: White and Dark Blue in Spring
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required, but remove spent foliage and cutting back in autumn may be needed
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Plant 10cm deep in autumn in any moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Lift and divide (when dormant in summer) congested clumps to maintain vigour. May be invasive
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Wildflower meadow


Narcissus ‘Jumblie’


Narcissus are bulbous herbaceous perennials with linear leaves and leafless stems bearing flowers, which may be solitary or in umbels, with 6 spreading perianth segments and a cup or trumpet-shaped corona

Miscellaneous daffodils include those cultivars that do not belong in any other section

‘Jumblie’ is a small bulbous perennial to 15cm in height, with narrow leaves and several stems each carrying up to 3 flowers with strongly reflexed bright yellow perianth segments and deeper yellow cup

Common Name: daffodil ‘Jumblie’
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Color flower: Yellow in Spring
Hardiness: H6 (hardy – very cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: May be attacked by slugs, large narcissus bulb fly, narcissus eelworm, and bulb scale mite
Pruning: Deadhead as flowers fade and allow the leaves to die down naturally
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Plant at one and a half to two times its own depth in autumn. Will tolerate most soils but prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil that is constantly moist during the growing season
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers, Patio/Container Plants or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs

 
Narcissus are perfect spring flowers. The best Narcissus bulbs for you:


Ipheion uniflorum ‘Wisley Blue’


Ipheion are small bulbous perennials with onion-scented, narrowly strap-shaped leaves and sweet-scented star-shaped flowers in late winter and spring

‘Wisley Blue’ is a perennial to 10cm in height, with narrow, light green leaves and erect stems bearing solitary, fragrant, lilac-blue flowers 3-4cm in width

Common Name: spring starflower ‘Wisley Blue’
Family: Alliaceae
Color flower: Pale Blue in Spring
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Susceptible to damage by slugs and snails
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Plant 8cm deep in autumn in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil that does not dry out. Provide protective winter mulch in colder areas
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Patio/Container Plants, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Rock Garden

Narcissus ‘Irish Minstrel’ (2)


Narcissus are bulbous herbaceous perennials with linear leaves and leafless stems bearing flowers, which may be solitary or in umbels, with 6 spreading perianth segments and a cup or trumpet-shaped corona

Large-cupped daffodils have solitary flowers in which the cup is at least one third as long as, but shorter than, the perianth segments

‘Irish Minstrel’ is a bulbous perennial to 40cm in height, the 8cm in width flowers with very broad white perianth segments and flared golden-yellow cup

Common Name: daffodil ‘Irish Minstrel’
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Color flower: White and Yellow in Spring
Hardiness: H6 (hardy – very cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: May be attacked by slugs, large narcissus bulb fly, narcissus eelworm, and bulb scale mite
Pruning: Deadhead as flowers fade and allow the leaves to die down naturally
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Plant at one and a half to two times its own depth in autumn. Will tolerate most soils but prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil that is constantly moist during the growing season
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers, Patio/Container Plants or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs

Colchicum ‘Waterlily’ – Autumn Flowers


Colchicum are cormous perennials with usually coarse, broadly strap-shaped leaves which appear with or after the goblet-shaped flowers

‘Waterlily’ is a cormous perennial to 12cm in height in flower, with fully double lilac-pink flowers about 8cm in length. Strap-shaped leaves appear after the flowers

Common Name: meadow saffron ‘Waterlily’
Family: Colchicaceae
Color flower: Pink in Autumn
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Columnar/Upright
Habit: May be damaged by slugs
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in moist but well-drained, deep, humus-rich, fertile soil. Intolerant of waterlogging
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs

Narcissus ‘Monza’ – Sunny spring bulbs


Narcissus are bulbous herbaceous perennials with linear leaves and leafless stems bearing flowers, which may be solitary or in umbels, with 6 spreading perianth segments and a cup or trumpet-shaped coronaDouble daffodils may have one or more flowers per stem, with either perianth segments or corona, or both being doubled

‘Monza’ is a double-flowered daffodil to 45cm tall, with rounded golden-yellow flowers in early and mid spring, the petaloid segments mixed with some deep orange-red coronal segments towards the centre

Common Name: daffodil ‘Monza’
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Color flower: Red and Yellow in Spring
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Blue and Green in Spring
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by slugs, large narcissus bulb fly, narcissus eelworm, and bulb scale mite
Pruning: Deadhead as flowers fade and allow the leaves to die down naturally
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Plant at one and a half to two times its own depth in autumn. Will tolerate most soils but prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil that is constantly moist during the growing season
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Patio/Container Plants or Wildflower meadow

Colchicum agrippinum


Colchicum are cormous perennials with usually coarse, broadly strap-shaped leaves which appear with or after the goblet-shaped flowers

C. agrippinum is a perennial with upright, bright pink, slightly mottled, crocus-shaped flowers 5cm in length in early autumn, followed by strap-shaped, wavy leaves in spring

Common Name: autumn crocus
Family: Colchicaceae
Color flower: Pink in Autumn
Hardiness: H4 (hardy – average winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Columnar/Upright
Habit: May be damaged by slugs
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in moist but well-drained, deep, humus-rich, fertile soil. Intolerant of waterlogging
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs